Should have gone to Specsavers

By: snowgood

Jun 28 2017

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Category: Cycling, Failure, South Downs Way

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Revived by half a bag of low fat beef I clamber back on my bike, and make reasonable progress on the gentle slopes leading away from Chanctonbury Ring.

One guy whizzes by, and another draws alongside before chasing after his mate.

My last time on this stretch resulted in a puncture, and aborted trip.  I’m determined to get through without incident.

Although one “sighting” really makes my day on tho stretch. A Corn Bunting sits on a  barbed wire fence and we stare at each other with just a few feet between us.

I’d no idea they’re native in these parts.  I’ve only ever seen one previously, and that was down in Cornwall.

Having also done this stretch in reverse I’m eagerly looking out for sprawling tin huts that make a fascinating pig farm.

Except it doesn’t appear on the horizon.  Never mind it’s not long before I get a cheery greeting from 3 ladies in their fifties.

One holds back a gate, so I don’t need to stop.

Usually there’s the rigmarole of braking, getting out of my clip ons, stretching my injured arm (stiff springs make it ache) and dragging the bike through before it clobbers the back wheel.

Haring down the hill a penny drops. I’ve missed my turning!

Instead of a left turn to head down this track (top left of photo) I’m virtually in Sompting.

Grrrr! Fifteen minutes wasted, and an uphill slog to boot!

Should have gone to Specsavers!

That’s Steyning Bowl in the photo.




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